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Thursday, October 11 • 11:20am - 11:50am
From Parentheses to Perception: How Your Code Becomes Someone Else's Reality - Jenna Zeigen, Slack

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We, humans, create software for other humans to use and enjoy. But how does code become neurons firing in someone else’s brain? This talk will take us on the journey this information takes, from the mind of the programmer to the mind of a web app user. We’ll follow the ideas starting as code, going through HTML, CSS, and JavaScript interpreters and compilers and becoming pixels in a browser through the browser’s rendering process. The saga continues with how a human will view these pixels, first becoming neural signals that then paint a meaningful, interactive picture in their mind that they perceive as reality.

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Jenna Zeigen

Senior Frontend Engineer, Slack
One morning, Jenna awoke to find that she had transformed into a programmer. She's been psyched about coding ever since. When she's not teaching pixels to party or using JavaScript to help you find the important things in Slack, Jenna enjoys climbing, coffee, cognitive science, and... Read More →

Thursday October 11, 2018 11:20am - 11:50am PDT
West Ballroom B